As you read…
…this bizarre report from Israel National News (Arutz 7), realize that Menachem Lubinsky is both a long-time PR man for Agriprocessors (although he recently claimed that he is no longer working for the company) and a leader of Agudath Israel of America.
Nathan Lewin is both a long time attorney for the Rubashkin family and Agriprocessors and a leader of Agudath Israel of America. Lewin is reportedly trying to push a First Amendment case in support of Agriprocessors based on this kosher meat "shortage."
Agudah Israel of America has been shilling for Agriprocessors since at least 2003.
Kosher Meat Shortage in US Turning Jews into Vegetarians
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
(IsraelNN.com) The bankruptcy of the kosher meatpacking plant Agriprocessors, the largest American kosher meat operation, has forced many Jews to go vegetarian amid kosher shortages and soaring prices.
The Postville, Iowa plant had supplied more than half of the kosher meat for millions of Jews as well as non-Jews who prefer buying meat processed according to Jewish law. Federal investigators raided the plant in May and charged officials with violating immigration laws and hiring 389 illegal workers.
Agriprocessors filed for bankruptcy this week after the resulting labor shortage left it unable to meet customer demand and forced a shutdown of its beef department, according to the Des Moines, Iowa Register. Charges that could result in multi-million fines have been placed against the company's owners.
Nationwide shortages have forced many people to eat vegetarian meals on the Sabbath, when meat and chicken are a long-standing tradition. Many stores throughout the U.S. reported their meat cases were empty.
One rabbi told the KosherToday website, "This past Sabbath was the first in a long time that my wife made a pareve [non-meat] cholent," a stew usually consisting of meat or chicken, grains and potatoes. The rabbi added that he was hoping to haul several boxes of meat with him on a trip to Brooklyn.
The large Empire Kosher Poultry company is trying to make up for the meat shortages and meet increasing demand for chicken but does not have a beef plant.
Agriprocessors, operating under bankruptcy laws, still is producing at a limited rate, and the local energy company has agreed to a week's delay, if not longer, before cutting off power to workers' homes. Employees will not be able to stay in their houses without power as the winter approaches, and 330 customers are unable to pay electric bills, the Register reported.
The only areas with no glatt kosher meat would be areas with exclusive Agriprocessors supply – in other words, and Agriprocessors monopoly.
Areas like that are almost exclusively small Jewish communities with Chabad rabbis.
In other words, this "shortage" is largely about supplying Chabad-endorsed meat to Chabad customers in remote locations. It is not about supplying glatt kosher meat to Jews.